Bobby D. Booth, 65, of Cherokee Village died Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, at Eastern Ozarks Regional Health Systems in Cherokee Village. Booth was born July 5, 1939, in Caraway, the son of Orville and Audrey (Wallace) Booth. He was pastor of the Community of Christ Church in Cherokee Village. He retired from the Spring River Ambulance and Paramedic Service on Oct. 12, after 18 years of service. He was awarded the Paramedic of the Year Award for the State of Arkansas in 2001. He had many accomplishments though the years. He was a NREMT-P/Instructor (National Registered Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic/Instructor), AHA BLS (Basic Life Support) Instructor/Trainer, AHA ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) Instructor, and actively taught First Responder, First Aid and CPR classes in Sharp County. He was an active member of AEMTA (Arkansas Emergency Medical Technician Association), serving as vice president, treasurer, and on the board of directors and on many EMS advisory boards. He was a member of the Arkansas Ambulance Association and served several years on the board of directors. He was also a member of Arkansas 1 DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistant Team), the NEMTA (National Emergency Medical Technician Association), the Paramedic Society, and the Instructor/Coordinator Society. He was actively involved in the initial organization of the Sharp County 911 System. He served as deputy coroner for the Sharp County Coroner's office from 1988 until 2003, when he retired as the chief deputy coroner for Sharp County. Nov. 9 was proclaimed as Bob Booth Day in Sharp County by Sharp County Judge Harold Crawford.
Survivors include his wife, Phyliss Booth of the home; eight children, Kenny Booth of Weiner, Nancy Stewart of Black Oak, Beverly Roberson of Caraway, Justin Booth of Jonesboro, Shawn Booth of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Melissa Richards of Muldrow, Okla., Clint Berry of Jonesboro, and Mandy Hachmann of Prairie Grove; two brothers, Dwight Booth of Manila and Arthur Booth of Weiner; a sister, Brenda Ryckman of Ash Flat; 16 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Audrey Booth; a sister, Mildred Booth McMillan; his identical twin brother, Billy J. Booth; and a daughter, Lisa Booth Tarlton.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Tri-County's Cherokee Chapel in Highland with Wayne Heidelberg and Wayne Pickett officiating. Burial was in the Baker Cemetery near Ozark Acres.
Pallbearers were Kenny Booth, Justin Booth, Shawn Booth, Clint Berry, Josh Simpson, Joe Simpson, Scott Hachmann, and Larry McMillan.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. George Jackson, and all paramedics, EMTs, and ambulance service personnel from Spring River Ambulance and Paramedic Service.
The arrangements were under the direction of Tri-County's Cherokee Chapel of Highland.
The family requests anyone wishing to leave a lasting memorial consider the Community of Christ Church in Cherokee Village.